Norah Roberts in her book mentions my grand Aunt Evelyn Gertrude Bowman nee Winter marching proudly as the only woman allowed wearing her husband's Victoria Cross on her chest!!
Not so. Her hubby, also her 1st cousin was 50 years old in 1914: rather long in the tooth to be creeping in Flanders mud. None of our Bowman or Winter family known to us ever won this highest military honour. After 50 odd years we would have been informed if it had by our Bowman family with whom are in touch. Evelyn Bowman's son Haverstock Bowman however, did indeed serve in WW1 I have photo of him in uniform. Evelyn's brother, my grand uncle Rev Chas.H.Winter also served in WW1.Adrian Winter, our kinsman perished at Gallipoli his memorial is at Christchurch,Baddegama. My grand uncle Daly Winter's children served with the ANZAC forces against the Japs. two being killed in Borneo and N.Guinea.Uncle Alfred survived the Burma death railway. They have my eternal gratitude. My husband,Peter, also served in the jungles of Malaya against the Communists.What would that country be like today one wonders under a Communist regime? North Korea, Cambodia, N.Vietnam.The mind boggles
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